Cash, Silverware, jewelry, stamp and coin collections, firearms, furs, camera equipment-thieves love valuables like these because they are easy to carry and easy to carry and easy to fence. They know where to look for them, too, so don't assume that items concealed in dresser drawers or under the mattress will escape their attention.

     The most secure place for precious possession is a safe-deposit box, where there's almost no chance they'll be stolen or destroyed by fire. But a safe-deposit box doesn't hold much, and accessibility is limited to banking hours. there are other ways to provide extra protection for your special property.

  • Home Safes. Before you go shopping for a home safe, consider what you want it to do. Good safes carry Underwriter Laboratories (UL) ratings. Fire-resistant safes include fireclay insulation that will protect paper documents up to different hours at different degrees depending on the class. You can also buy specialized safes that protect computer tapes and disks from data loss. To protect from a collapsing building, these units also must pass tough explosion and impact tests. Money chests, secured to your home's structure, generally are smaller in size and higher in price. These UL-rated, also, based on their ability to withstand attacks with tools (TL), torches (TR), and explosives (TX). Many, but not all, home safes are rated as TL. Money chests, though not always lightweight, can be pried out of a frame wall or floor, carried off, and cracked by the thief later. That's why money chests are best installed in a masonry wall or floor, or soundly bolted to framing. Combination safes consist of a burglar-resistant money chest inside a fire-resistant safe. These units have thick steel walls, an even thicker door, and a combination lock with a relocking device. This ensures that if a lock is attacked with tools, it will lock permanently until it is drilled out.
  • Jewelry. What is the room in a home that burglars usually head first? According to police, the master bedroom. That's because bedroom's usually contain the items thieves are looking for -firearms, cash, and, especially, jewelry. Heirloom jewelry belongs in a safe-deposit box or very sturdy safe.  Another strategy that could protect your most treasured jewelry is to use a decoy. Leave a box of costume jewelry in plain view; a thief might grab it and not bother to look for the expensive items.
  • Firearms. Gun collections pose a double threat. They're attractive to thieves and also to curious children-too often with tragic consequences. Store firearms unloaded, and jeep ammunition locked up in a separate place. For safety's sake, secure each weapon with a trigger lock.